Meet the 2021/22 Student Executive team

The new Leeds University Union (LUU) Student Executive team has been voted in.

The winning candidates for 2021-22 have been announced

The Leeds University Union logo. Uploaded March 2021.

More than 6,100 students voted in this year’s elections, with results announced earlier this month.

The Student Executive are full-time members of staff within LUU, who represent all students at Leeds and have the power to make changes on their behalf.

New team members are:

Activities and Opportunities Officer – Jared Samuel

Jared pledges to:

  • remove participation barriers for disadvantaged students
  • review funding for societies and make hardship funds available for all of them; and
  • make the Welfare Officer a compulsory role in all societies.

Education Officer – Meg Hodgkinson

Meg pledges to:

  • abolish resit fees and reimbursing students for certain essential resources
  • decolonise and diversify the curriculum; and
  • close the BAME awarding gap through increased academic engagement.

Equality and Liberation Officer – Natasha Fowler-Ekar

Natasha pledges to:

  • train customer-facing LUU staff in relevant and basic British Sign Language
  • have the union website in the three most spoken languages on campus; and
  • make online lectures available when we resume in-person teaching.

International and Postgraduate Officer – Nicole Jimenez*

Nicole pledges to:

  • establish an International Wellbeing Committee to tackle areas such as cultural segregation and language barriers
  • ensure Postgrad School Rep and Course Rep appointment happens before the academic year; and
  • improve communication between the Study Abroad Office, partner universities and students.

Union Affairs and Communications Officer – Aysha Burton*

Aysha pledges to:

  • campaign for fee refunds and compensation for all students
  • create a financial forum where the expenditure breakdown is shared with students openly; and
  • fight for an inclusive union that actively vocalise student concerns.

Wellbeing Officer – Beth Eaton

Beth pledges to:

  • implement a University of Leeds festival week post-exams
  • create accessible multilevel mental health support for anyone and everyone; and
  • encourage a sense of community through new, exciting events that are led by students and use the talents of the students.

Gryphon Editor 2021/22 – Alex Gibbon

Alex pledges to:

  • overhaul the current Gryphon website to come more in line with other online journalism outlets
  • extend the mentorship scheme to new roles, and use the Gryphon as a platform to amplify diverse student voices; and
  • showcase more student-produced art and create video news content in collaboration with LSTV.

Elected students will take up their positions from July, with posts running for the full academic year.

Visit the LeadLUU results page  for further information.


*The Returning Officer has decided to disqualify two candidates after the close of voting, but prior to the count. This is one candidate in the Union Affairs and Communications race and one in the International and Postgraduate race. Therefore the outcome of each of these races is subject to appeal. All the relevant candidates have been informed in advance of this decision.

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